Beach exercise

Beach exercise

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BATS



This weekend we attended a FMCA Bay Area Travelers club outing in Carrabelle Beach, Fl.  This was our second time with this group and we had as much fun as the first time.  We stayed at the Carrabelle Beach Outdoor destination RV Resort.  All paved full hookup facility with cable and WIFI that worked most of the time.  A very nice beach is directly across the street and was a great place to take a break from all the fun and just enjoy nature and history.



Our first tour was of the Marine Research lab that is part of the State University of Florida.  We took the grand tour with the assistance director, which included a tour of the recently acquired research vessel.  We also had a chance to talk with several of the scientists about their areas of expertise and what they were doing to help the fisheries and also protect the resources for futures generations. Not surprisingly, I learned a lot. 









One of the interesting items on display was the skull of a large whale that was found on a beach.


In the afternoon, a group of us headed to the WWII museum in Carrabelle.  This museum is dedicated to the men that trained for the  invasion of Europe on the beaches around Carrabelle.  In fact, the beach directly across from our campground was one of the main spots for these practice landings. One of the other interesting facts about the museum is that everything in the exhibits was donated by those who had some connection to the training in this area.  This was our second time here, but still enjoyed the exhibits and the stories behind them, as they were explained by the museum director.









Well worth  a visit if you are passing by.

On the way back from the museum , we made a quick stop at the smallest police station in the United States to pose with one of the officers and each other.



The rest of our time was spent chatting with our fellow BATS and enjoying good food and some impromptu entertainment.


12 comments:

Carol K said...

Oh good, I thought your blog might have been about the other kind of bats, not BAT men and women. ;-)

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Those mattresses in the museum bunk display looked a lot thinker than the one on my cutter. But then, the Army always had more money. ;c)

Where do they lock up the crooks in the police station?

John Hedges said...

Seeing that display of the papa boats lined up on the beach brought memories of my days in the Navy back to me. I spent many hours hauling troops to the beach, fortunately it was all peace time training.

Jim and Sandie said...

I would love that WWII museum. Well, I couldn't pass up the research center either. I was wondering the same thing as Paul - where do they put the bad guys?

Wanderin' said...

What a fun place to visit. I would have loved to walk through that place and also spend time along the beach. Looks like you're in a great location.

Rick Doyle said...

Thanks for the tour(s)! I'd love to visit that WWII Museum.

Sherry said...

I was expecting something about flying bats too. Surprised me. Goodness what do the police do when it rains? LOL That is a HUGE whale skull.

Gail Houle said...

I, too, thought you were going to be talking about the flying kinds of bats and maybe Florida mosquito control :)

Sounds like you had a great time with a great bunch of folks!

Bob and Jo said...

Looks like a neat WW II museum.

Sweet Meanderings said...

Our kids used to say that we never passed a museum while on vacation and it's looks like you're finding some good ones!
Candy

Erin Erkun said...

I almost avoided the post thinking it was about those other bats ... looks like a nice time was had by all. And that police station is hilarious.

Linda said...

A very fascinating tour! Thank you so much for sharing.